The Importance of Foot Exams for Seniors

As individuals age, the importance of comprehensive healthcare extends to often overlooked areas, and one such critical aspect is foot health.

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As individuals age, the importance of comprehensive healthcare extends to often overlooked areas, and one such critical aspect is foot health. Foot exams for elderly patients are integral in preventing, identifying, and addressing potential issues that can significantly impact their overall well-being. Aging brings about changes in foot structure, reduced skin elasticity, and diminished sensory perception, making the elderly more susceptible to foot problems. Routine foot examinations can detect early signs of conditions like arthritis, diabetes-related complications, and circulatory issues. Assessing foot health aids in preventing falls, a prevalent concern for the elderly, by addressing issues related to balance and stability. Additionally, podiatrists can identify and manage common foot ailments like bunions, corns, and fungal infections, enhancing mobility and comfort. Regular foot exams empower elderly individuals to actively participate in their health, fostering independence and ensuring that any potential foot-related concerns are addressed promptly, contributing to an overall better quality of life. If you are elderly or caring for an older person, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can perform regular foot exams.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered.

Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
    Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.